God’s work. Our hands. Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.  In celebration of this event, Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church (RELC) participated in 4 different ministry activities the weekend of September 9 and 10.  Two of the ministry activities were outdoor projects, both of which occurred on Saturday morning.  The other 2 ministry activities were indoor projects and took place between services on Sunday morning.

We had many people taking part in these activities and wore their bright yellow, brand-new GWOH t-shirts!

God’s work. Our hands. activities for 2017:

Saturday, September 9:

Mission Builders at Camp Carol Joy Holling from 9-11:30am:  Volunteers assisted Mission Builders with the construction of the Springs Lodge at the camp, which will replace the original dining hall.  The new lodge will provide comfortable dining and meeting facilities for future campers and year-round guests.  Volunteers for this event needed to be at least 16 years old.

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) from 9-11am:  Volunteers assisted with facility cleanup and other related tasks in preparation for the upcoming fall season.  HETRA provides a variety of services including therapeutic riding, therapy services, therapeutic carriage driving, equine services for veterans, and camps.  HETRA is located at 10130 S 222nd Street, in Gretna, NE.

Sunday, September 10:

Hug Bags for area hospitals from 9:30-10:30am:  The Sunday School youngsters and other volunteers assembled “hug bags” meant to brighten the lives of children who are struggling with an illness.  The bags included items such as stuffed animals, colors, puzzles, activity books, etc.  The congregation ensured this activity was a success by generously donating these items.

Food Drive for Project Hope from 12-1pm:  The congregation was invited to bring a can of food to church as they came for services.  After the second service, volunteers brought this ministry out into the community with a canned food drive, canvassing Gretna neighborhoods.